Every roadie ends up on the asphalt unexpectedly sometime. (Some we know, more often than others.) And when the inevitable happens the first things to hit the pavement tend to be the hips and butt. So that’s where Santini has you covered with their new Impact bib shorts, to fight off dreaded road rash.
Not a set of extra padded shorts (like the Assos Rally shorts), the secret to the crash-proof Santini Impact bib shorts is their fabric made from super strong Dyneema polyethylene. Curiously that’s the same magic material that Northwave uses as the wire in their own dial-closure shoes and Oakley pairs with the Boa closure on their new helmets. We’ve even seen it in Etxeondo’s race-only Arma skinsuit.
But now Santini is bringing the highly-abrasion resistant Dyneema fabric to the otherwise normal-looking, all-black Impact bib shorts and combining it with their premium endurance C3 multi-density chamois.
The impact shorts get the Dyneema-reinforced fabric on the hip & rear panels, while opting for more flexible & breathable tech lycra blends on the remaining panels. The new shorts should be ready to buy at the start of 2018, and will sell for 185€.
Now we just have to wait and see if they will make some Dyneema knee & arm warmers to protect the next most scraped up parts of the roadie body?